The Best Ad and Marketing Companies in DC

Looking for a top advertising agency in Washington DC?

Businesses looking to develop a relationship with media outlets should consider working with an advertising agency. Beyond increasing visibility, top agencies are a gateway to a variety of crucial resources, including researchers, designers, SEO/PPC experts, and social media managers.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top advertising and marketing companies in Washington DC. Browse descriptions, feedback, and awards to find which can best suit your company’s needs.

List of the Best Washington DC Ad and Marketing Companies

  • 1

    REQ

    A leading digital marketing and brand management company, REQ outpaces changes in today’s rapidly evolving media landscape by bringing reputation, advocacy, brand, and business results to new heights. Offering a comprehensive suite of solutions and technologies that define, connect, and protect brands, REQ serves global brands and leaders in technology, real estate, entertainment, government, hospitality, retail, and finance. The company has been named to both the Inc. 500 and Deloitte Fast 500 lists as one of the fastest growing companies in America, as well as Inc.’s Best Workplaces. Founded in Washington, DC in 2008, REQ has offices and employees in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. 

    Notable Project

    A broadcasting trade association hired REQ to drive awareness and engagement for a grassroots campaign meant to enact policy changes for one of its 2 major groups of users. REQ designed a digital strategy that included building and designing a website in addition to promoting the campaign across social and community channels. 

    “They've transformed our website, making it much more modern, user-friendly, and appealing overall. Encouraging us to think more creatively, they've also helped us reach new audiences.”  – VP of Marketing, Broadcasting Trade Association

    Former clients
    StubHub
    Amazon
    eBay
    Cava
    UNICEF
    Empire State Building
    The Jefferson Washington DC
    PayPal
    National Association of Broadcasters
    American Chemistry Society
    SourceAmerica
    PhRMA
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $50,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    4.9
    4.9
    28 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Inc 500 , The Sabre Awards , American Advertising Awards , The Communicator Awards , The Telly Awards , Great Places to Work - Washingtonian

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  • 2

    WebMechanix

    WebMechanix is a digital agency in Elkridge, Md. It was founded in 2009 and now has almost 50 employees who help mostly midmarket clients with PPC, SEO, conversion rate optimization, web development, UI/UX design, and digital strategy.

    Notable Project

    An athletic association hired WebMechanix for help with its web development and database management. WebMechanix redeveloped the client's website and also helps with its SEO and online marketing.

    "Their work has bolstered our revenues by increasing our marketability to sponsors but has also helped cut expenses by making our operations much more efficient, particularly by cutting down the amount of mailing we send out." – Associate Executive Director, Athletic Association

    Former clients
    Social Solutions
    Keane Unclaimed Property
    Amazon Brands
    Logi Analytics
    Metalogix
    Kindred Healthcare
    Window Nation
    Learning Tree
    Trinity University
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Columbia, MD
    4.8
    4.8
    30 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Inc. 5000 for 6 years running, U.S. Search Awards - Shortlisted , Best Local SEO (2018, winners yet to be announced) , American Marketing Association - Best PPC Campaign (2018) , American Marketing Association - Best SEO Campaign (2017) , American Marketing Association - SEO Merit Award (2017) , Hermes Creative Award - Gold , Marketing Materials (2018) , DotCOMM Award - Platinum, Self Promotion (2018) , Self Promotion (2018) , DotCOMM Award - Gold , Website Redesign (2018) , DotCOMM Award - Gold , HTML 5 Ad (2018) , SmartCEO - 50 Fastest Growing Companies , Best Place to Work via regional technology council

  • 3

    Williams Whittle Associates Inc

    Williams Whittle is an advertising agency that practices a wide variety of services including media planning & buying, branding, and marketing strategy. They are based in Alexandria, Virginia and currently have fewer than 20 employees. The company was founded in 1967.

    Notable Project

    Williams Whittle helped a nonprofit rebrand its online presence. After conducting research, they designed a new logo, enhanced website aesthetics, and produced a video. The vendor's contributions created a solid foundation for the brand relaunch. 

    "Williams Whittle not only helped create attractive campaign materials but also provided additional design work outside of the scope of work." – Executive Director, Nonprofit

    Former clients
    American Institute for Cancer Research
    National Park Trust
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Alexandria, VA
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    MarCom Award (2019)

  • 4

    ds+f / Don Schaaf & Friends, Inc.

    Founded in 1991, ds+f (Don Schaaf & Friends, Inc.) is full service branding agency in Annapolis, Md. The agency's small team of 7 specializes in advertising, branding, and video production. 

    Notable Project

    A real estate firm hired ds+f for branding assistance. The client needed a new logo, web design, and printed marketing assets used during client meetings. Following the website launch, ds+f stayed on to maintain and update the website as needed. The client enjoyed working with ds+f's creative and collaborative team. 

    "They [ds+f] pack a lot of power and creativity in a world with so much choice. They always seem to have solutions to our problems." – Chief Executive Officer, Real Estate Firm 

    Former clients
    National Retail Federation
    NPR
    Cushman & Wakefield
    WIDIA
    Fisher House
    US Bobsled/Skeleton Team
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Alexandria, VA
    5.0
    5.0
    11 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Hermes Creative Awards: Bronze (2012, 2013)

  • 5

    Foster Web Marketing

    Foster Web Marketing is a web marketing company located in Fairfax, Va. Founded in 1998, Foster Web Marketing has around 40 employees who specialize in web design, SEO, and CRM consulting and SI, particularly for legal firms.The client appreciated Foster Web Marketing's ability to enrich their team's knowledge of best practices in web marketing through webinars and collaboration.

    Notable Project

    Foster Web Marketing worked with a law firm to revitalize its website. Foster Web Marketing provided web design and development, including improved mobile responsiveness. Once the website was complete, Foster Web Marketing stayed on to provide 20 hours of support every month.  

    "We’ve had great success with the site; it’s increased over 19% in organic traffic since October 2016." – Director of Marketing, Legal Firm 

    Former clients
    Molly B. Kenny
    Keller & Keller
    Cardoza Law Corporation
    Cuddigan Law
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Fairfax, VA
    4.9
    4.9
    21 Clutch reviews
  • 6

    Niftic Agency

    Founded in 2015, niftic agency is headquartered in Washington DC, and has a satellite office in Salt Lake City, Utah. niftic agency's team of around 5 employees focuses on web design, web development, and custom software development.The client appreciated niftic agency's technical expertise and innovative solutions.

    Notable Project

    niftic agency was hired by an international trade agency that needed custom software to improve their ability to manage the backend of several brands' websites. niftic agency also developed a chatbot that could automatically screen leads, helping the client manage their high volume of inbound marketing.

    "They’re more engineering-based and utility-driven, which we like because it gives us an honest read on them. It also means that when a product goes awry—which they all do in some way—they’ll handle it well. That’s what we care about." - CEO, International Trade Agency

    Former clients
    The North Face
    International Rescue Committee
    Lexus
    Subaru
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    5.0
    5.0
    11 Clutch reviews
  • 7

    SENSIS

    Sensis is an integrated cross-cultural marketing agency with offices in Los Angeles Washington, D.C., Austin, and Atlanta. Founded in 1998, the team of 90+ offers advertising, research, digital experience, PR, social media, and branding. They develop research-based campaigns that drive measurable ROI their clients.

    Notable Project

    One of Sensis’ clients is an energy company that wanted to connect with its community with a bilingual PR campaign. Sensis organized community events, worked with local media, and designed and produced all the advertising material.

    “In many ways, I feel that we're their only client. I know that's kind of a cliché – the way that they have been able to sometimes just drop everything else, get what we needed done, and bring in any additional partners, if necessary. They've really done an outstanding job.” – Communications Manager, Energy Company

    Former clients
    City of Los Angeles
    Boston College
    US Department of Commerce
    Auto Club Speedway
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $250,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    4.9
    4.9
    5 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    2017 Gold Award: Healthcare Marketing Impact

  • 8

    BluShark Digital - Law Firm Marketing

    Founded in 2016, BluShark Digital LLC is located in Washington. With more than 48 employees, they provide digital strategy, content marketing, and SEO for midmarket and small businesses. They focus on the legal, health care, medical, and business services industries.

    Notable Project

    BluShark Digital LLC provided SEO efforts for a criminal defense law firm. They were responsible for a website buildout, content development, SEO management, and PPC management. They had fantastic communication and abided to timelines.

    "Fantastic communication and production timelines." –Managing Partner, Criminal Defense Law Firm

    Former clients
    David Benowitz
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    4.8
    4.8
    9 Clutch reviews
  • 9

    Jives Media

    Jives Media is a marketing agency based in San Francisco. Since 2012, they have offered their services in advertising, email marketing, and SEO solutions for small and medium-sized businesses alike. The team of 10 includes web designers, growth hackers, and brand strategists.

    Notable Project

    Jives Media initially redesigned a website and then implemented an omnichannel digital marketing strategy for a law firm. They optimized a Google My Business profile, executed PPC campaigns, and managed SEO initiatives to secure more clients. Jives Media's digital marketing campaigns increased qualified leads by 250% and grew website traffic by 84% to generate more than 2,000 monthly views. 

    "This growth has allowed our law firm to scale and further invest in marketing ads." – Head Paralegal, Law Firm

    Former clients
    Oracle
    Poshmark
    Thumbtack
    Ives Law Firm
    The Om Center Chiropractic Clinic
    Gulf Living Group Real Estate
    Advanced Pavement Technologies
    MRC BIO
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Sterling, VA
    5.0
    5.0
    19 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Expertise: Best SEO Experts in San Francisco , SEO Blog: Top Rated SEO Agency , DesignRush Accredited Agency

  • 10

    Manifest

    Manifest is an experience design and branded content marketing agency based in New York, with offices in St. Louis, Phoenix, and Washington, DC. The agency, founded in 2015, has more than 200 employees that enable them to provide content marketing through advertising, branding, and digital strategy.

    Notable Project

    Manifest was hired by a Membership Organization to provide print and digital ad support, which includes helping develop content for a daily newsletter, a print magazine, and blog posts, and composing and printing the magazine. The digital newsletter saw higher open- and click-through rates, with more quality leads wanting to receive it. The print magazine also continues to do well.

     "They do a good job managing the projects. We’ve never had problems with them being unavailable or unresponsive." - Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Membership Organization 

    Former clients
    Primrose Schools
    Delta
    Hilton
    JW Marriot
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    4.8
    4.8
    2 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Content Marketing Awards: Awardee, Agency of the Year (2019)

  • 11

    Social Driver

    Social Driver is a digital agency founded in 2011 with a team of over 10 members. Based in Washington, DC, they offer web design, social media marketing, and digital strategy solutions for clients ranging from small firms to large businesses in the fields of health care and nonprofit, among others.

    Notable Project

    Social Driver designed and launched a website for a nonprofit organization. Social Driver worked closely with the organization throughout the project, constantly guiding them during the process. The website has received positive feedback from the community.

    “They have a very effective in-house approach to project management, which guided us very well through the process of launching the website.” - Former Director of Communications, Nonprofit Organization

    Former clients
    Elizabeth Dole Foundation
    Goodwill Industries International
    Honda North America
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    4.9
    4.9
    41 Clutch reviews
  • 12

    Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard has 25 years of experience in website design and development, digital marketing, social media, and mobile app development. The agency and its team of more than 50 have been servicing clients across industries and around the world since 1998. Lounge Lizard has offices in New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles.

    Notable Project

    A candle company went to Lounge Lizard for a more modern, user-friendly, and sleek website. Lounge Lizard redesigned the site from top to bottom and audited the site for SEO performance. The client says that users love the graphics and functionality.

    “If one of my team members finds they need something, Lounge Lizard addresses it immediately. Their response has been spot on.” – E-Commerce Specialist, Candle Company

    Former clients
    A+E Networks
    HONEYWELL
    CANON
    DISNEY
    NYU
    Credit Suisse
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Washington DC, DC
    4.7
    4.7
    15 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    2014 W3 Awards: Gold, 2014 Interactive Media Awards: Outstanding Achievement Award , 2014 Interactive Media Awards: Outstanding Achievement Award

  • 13

    Brand+Aid

    Located in Washington, DC, Brand+Aid is a branding agency that specializes in advertising, branding, print design, and content marketing. Since 1999, the team of about 10 has been working with different clients in various industries including education, non-profits, and government services. 

    Notable Project

    A global PR firm went to Brand+Aid for its branding needs. Along with a complete branding campaign with design concepts, Brand+Aid helped the firm with brainstorming and write-ups. As a result of their work, the PR firm is receiving new business. The client prides Brand+Aid on their work ethic. 

    "Understanding perfectly well the needs of our audience, they [Brand+Aid] design with the audience in mind." – Production Director, Global PR Firm

    Former clients
    American University
    Gannett
    HCA Healthcare
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    4.9
    4.9
    6 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Awwwards Nominee

  • 14

    ESB Advertising

    ESB Advertising is a full-service advertising agency located in Falls Church, Va. Their small team of 17 specialists has been offering media planning and buying, advertising, and PPC to their clients since the founding of their company in 2012.
     

    Notable Project

    ESB Advertising provides advertising and branding for an HVAC contractor. They coined the tagline for the client’s business, and have managed all TV advertising services since 2013. The most recent project included a Super Bowl commercial that starred a major celebrity. The rapid growth of the company can be partially attributed to their cohesive marketing strategy.
     

    Former clients
    Michael & Sons
    Mattress Warehouse
    Long Roofing
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Falls Church, VA
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 15

    Thor Social | Digital Marketing Agency

    Thor Social is a digital marketing agency based in Washington, DC, with offices in New York, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, and Boston. The agency, founded in 2019, has a team of less than ten that provides social media marketing, SEO, PPC, advertising, email marketing, and web design services. Thor Social serves small and mid-market companies and institutions in various industries that include business services, consumer products & services, and education. 

    Notable Project

    A medical investment management firm hired Thor Social to help them attract new customers and patients for the medical practices that they manage. As part of the engagement, Thor Social handled the firm's digital marketing that includes SEO, paid advertising, PPC, Google Ads, and Facebook Ads. They also managed the firm's social media accounts, their email marketing, and their SMS blasts. Because of the engagement, the firm has more patients, awareness of the brand expanded, and their customer acquisition costs dropped significantly.

    "They’re always giving us great results and feedback, helping us move our KPI further and further down the line." - CEO, Healthcare Management Company

    Former clients
    Beazer Homes USA
    CatClar Investments
    Stryker
    Nvidia
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 16

    Shrewd Marketing, LLC

    Shrewd Marketing is a digital marketing consultancy and web development shop located in Rochester, N.Y. It was founded in 2015 and now has a team of 4 that provides a range of services including advertising, SEO, PR, web design and development, and more 

    Notable Project

    A telecommunications company that manages an online directory needed to refresh the website. Shrewd Marketing rebuilt the site with a focus on improving functionality and search results. Shrewd Marketing now provides site maintenance and monitors sales performance.

    "We have increased our advertisers’ visibility exponentially on the new platform as a result of the ad-serving technology that is built into Shrewd’s technology. The platform presents more relevant ads within the internal search results of the directory, increasing the value we offer our business customers." — SVP of Enterprise Sales, Telecom Company

    Former clients
    Make it Local Marketing
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Ashburn, VA
    4.0
    4.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 17

    Strategies 360

    Strategies 360 is a public relations and strategic positioning firm headquartered in Seattle, Wash. The firm has 12 satellite offices scattered along the West Coast, as well as one in Washington, D.C. Strategies 360 was founded in 2004 and has around 100 employees. In addition to PR, Strategies 360 offers many other services, including web design, UX/UI design, search engine optimization, and more. The majority of its clients are in government and business services.

    Notable Project

    A software development firm hired Strategies 360 to provide high-quality development resources. Strategies 360 worked quickly to supply backend development, touchscreen capabilities, WordPress support, and other web development help. 

    “They’re excellent, well-organized, and very responsive to changes and incoming requests. They hit all their deadlines and we have no complaints about the work they produced. ” - CEO, Software Development Firm

    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 18

    Alliance Interactive

    Alliance Interactive is a Washington, D.C.-based web and digital agency that was founded in 2003. Alliance Interactive's team of 7 employees has worked with all types of clients ranging from nonprofits to large B2B organizations. The firm specializes in web design, web development, digital strategy, and SEO.  

    Notable Project

    Alliance Interactive partnered with an international development organization to redevelop the organization's website to increase traffic and improve navigation. The team at Alliance Interactive redesigned the website, added a resource library, and created a story hub. The team also added features to the new site to improve its UX and continues to work on and update the website today. The client is very pleased with their partnership with Alliance Interactive. 

    "We’ve had a very positive experience. They took any idea we had and found a way to make it work within our budget. They were flexible and responsive." – Employee, International Development Organization 

    Former clients
    Department of Defense
    Solar Training Network
    Women's College Coalition
    Sodexo
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    4.9
    4.9
    14 Clutch reviews
  • 19

    Fifth Tribe

    Fifth Tribe is a digital agency based in Arlington, Va. Since 2012, their team of just over 10 has specialized in web development, advertising, branding, and much more for mainly mid-sized businesses.

    Notable Project

    Fifth Tribe provided web development services for a nonprofit. The team designed a website that encourages people to apply for relief efforts through a user-friendly and accessible interface. The client was very pleased with the outcomes of the engagement.

    "They were fantastic at communicating about the project. They let us know how excited they were at every step and adapted their work to fit our needs. They were great in meeting our budget and understanding our financial limit." — Program Analyst, Non-Profit

    Former clients
    Kaiser Permanente
    Peace Corps
    INOVA
    US Air Force
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    4.4
    4.4
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 20

    Atigro

    Atigro is a digital marketing and development company located in Vienna, Va. They were founded in 2003. The team of about 14 specializes in advertising, digital strategy, and SEO services. 

    Notable Project

    Atigro developed a brand message to distinguish a leadership training company in a crowded market. After acquiring knowledge of the business, they crafted language to communicate the value of products to potential clients. The new brand messaging effectively resonated with the target audience.

    "Responsiveness was good and nobody got visibly impatient with us during the many twists and turns on the way to a final narrative." — CEO, Leadership Training Company

    Former clients
    CyberRX
    Expense to Profit
    Health Affairs
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Vienna, VA
    4.5
    4.5
    1 Clutch review
  • 21

    Design In DC

    Located in Washington, D.C., Design In DC is a web design company that was founded in 2016. With a team of fewer than 10 employees, they serve small and midmarket businesses in the e-commerce industry. Their services primarily include web design, as well as web development and SEO.

    Notable Project

    Design In DC redesigned a website for an IT consulting firm, providing technical resources and templates. They also rebranded a logo. The team surpassed expectations and delivered an all-encompassing design.

    “The vendor was very flexible and the services they provided from reviewing content to providing a photographer for pictures were all impeccable.” – CEO, IT Consulting Firm

    Former clients
    Easy Grade
    Wingo's
    Foty Fusion
    Berkeley Dental
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Washington, DC
    4.8
    4.8
    15 Clutch reviews
  • 22

    DFFRNTWRLD®

    DFFRNTWRLD® is a lifestyle brand creative agency based in Washington D.C. with more than two employees. Since their founding in 2008, they have offered advertising, branding, and marketing strategy solutions for clients in the fields of advertising and arts.

    Notable Project

    DFFRNTWRLD® kickstarted a men’s grooming brand. DFFRNTWRLD® provided web and branding solutions to develop a product. The brand was impressed by DFFRNTWRLD®’s level of work.

    “I like everything that they did.” - Founder, Men's Grooming Brand

    Former clients
    CAVALHEIRO
    Nipsey Hussle
    Atlantic Records
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Dc, DC
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
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